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2023 NFL Draft Big Board: Ranking the top offensive linemen

College Park, Maryland, USA; Northwestern Wildcats offensive lineman Peter Skoronski (77) prepares to block against the Maryland Terrapins at SECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The PFF draft board was due for a refresh at the midway point of the 2022 college football season.

Quarterback-needy teams, you’re in luck: This is one heck of a quarterback class, with five signal-callers making the top 50. It’s also a strong class at edge defender, running back, defensive tackle, cornerback and tight end.

Here are the class' top offensive linemen.

OFFENSIVE TACKLE

1. Peter Skoronski, Northwestern (Junior)

Big board rank: 7

Skoronski is in the middle of the single most dominant pass-blocking season we’ve seen in our nine years of college grading. On 383 pass-blocking snaps, he has allowed only five pressures. That’s it.

His 93.1 pass-blocking grade is far and away tops in the country.


2. Paris Johnson, Ohio State (RS Sophomore)

Big board rank: 18

Johnson has looked more comfortable in his first year at left tackle after staring at right guard in 2021. He’s allowed only eight pressures on 286 pass-blocking snaps.


3. Broderick Jones, Georgia  (RS Sophomore)

Big board rank: 25

Jones has passed his early tests in his first full season at the Bulldogs starting left tackle but still has a few to come in the SEC. He’s allowed no sacks, no hits and only four hurries on 295 pass-blocking snaps. He’s the former top tackle recruit in the 2020 class and finally getting his chance to show what he can do.


4. Anton Harrison, Oklahoma  (Junior)

Big board rank: 30

Harrison’s mirroring ability at 6-foot-5, 315 pounds is what earns him this spot on the list. You see the natural athleticism in every pass set he takes, even if his technique isn’t quite dialed in yet. He earned an 85.6 pass-blocking grade last season.


5. Olu Fashanu, Penn State (RS Sophomore)

Big board rank: 35

Another Penn State breakout star, Fashanu played all of 85 career snaps prior to 2022. This season, he’s been one of the nation’s best pass protectors, having allowed no sacks, one hit and only six hurries on 299 pass-blocking snaps. He’s not a particularly high-end athlete, but he’s a smooth mover with easy anchor ability.


6. BLAKE FREELAND, BYU

Big board rank: 51

7. CODY MAUCH, NORTH DAKOTA STATE

Big board rank: 64

8. DAWAND JONES, OHIO STATE

Big board rank: 84

9. MATTHEW BERGERON, SYRACUSE

Big board rank: 97

INTERIOR OFFENSIVE LINE

1. O’Cyrus Torrence, Florida (Senior)

Big board rank: 33

Torrence transferred from Louisiana to Florida this offseason and stepped up his play in a big way. He earned an 88.2 overall grade for the Ragin’ Cajuns last season, but obviously the level of competition was a concern. This season that’s been erased facing an SEC slate, as he’s bumped his grade to 89.1 overall.


2. Luke Wypler, Ohio State (RS Sophomore)

Big board rank: 40

Despite his young age, Wypler is already one of the most consistent centers in the country. On 286 pass-blocking snaps this season, he’s allowed a total of three QB hurries.


3. Andrew Vorhees, USC (6th-Year Senior)

Big board rank: 42

Vorhees is as steady as they come along the offensive line. He earned a 90.1 overall grade last season between left tackle and left guard for the Trojans and has earned an 84.2 overall grade through 10 weeks this season.


4. COOPER BEEBE, KANSAS STATE

Big board rank: 62

5. JOHN MICHAEL SCHMITZ, MINNESOTA

Big board rank: 68

6. GRAHAM BARTON, DUKE

Big board rank: 73

7. CHRISTIAN HAYNES, CONNECTICUT

Big board rank: 83

8. STEVE AVILA, TCU

Big board rank: 87

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